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“Splendid for families-that want time to share peacefully-not commercially”
Review of Topsail Island

Topsail Island
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Surf City, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Splendid for families-that want time to share peacefully-not commercially”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

Topsail Island is not for everyone. It is a quieter beach that has kept its non commercial appeal.
If you can not self enjoy without the kiddie rides and tourist traps or constant stimulants of produced events-this is one of the last places to find a simple life without distraction. Perfect for families who want to rent a beach home-perhaps cook many of their own healthy meals (3 good grocery stores close) and a decent amount of restaurants to please everyone. I read the other reviews and im not sure why they complain about restaurants-there are no commercial chains except for fast food-but you have a NY deli, NY Pizza,Fish-calabash style or healthier versions-
wonderful steak restaurants-family fare etc. several Italian and Mexican and Chinese and one Thai restaurant. Make sure you look them up before arrival so you know where they are located!
Dont forget Sneads Ferry is just a few miles down the road off the Island and there are some great restaurants worthy of the drive. It is Mayberry by the sea-it is not South beach-Florida.
People have real bodies here and real life that is more about relaxing with the perfect beach book or playing in the water. Time to walk down the beach and reflect and unwind. Some people may call the homes shacks and that may be true but they are the shacks of childhood vacations of simpler times. If you want a cookie cutter brand new style home there are plenty of those as more homes are torn down yearly. If you prefer a beach home of your childhood enjoy what is disapearing from our heritage every day and a chance to spend a moment in a simpler time of beach vintage. You have the choice and one day you will not. Some appreciate the
craftsman ship-many do not. All that glitters is not gold and people who do not understand or appreciate a place such as nantucket where they value and work hard to keep the beauty of age
past but are more jewlery and fake images - this place is just real! I cant believe everyone cant find a home here that would appeal to them-there are the huge new homes with all the bells and whistles but still not commercial-for those bring your nanny-and let the kids be kids. If you want
fancy with the room service and dressed to the max busy life of activities you will not be happy here. Respect the nature-stay off the dunes,dont play with the turtle nest,or leave your trash-
and help keep this beach what you do not find in other areas. Simple beauty and a respect for nature as it is. Thats what appeals to this family. We live here and enjoy the life of simple
and serene for as long as it last and it is fleeting.

Visited July 2012
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English first
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2012

Loved how nice it was. Small hometown feel. All resturants and stores are within walking distance.

Visited July 2012
2 Thank JnS2001
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South of Indianapolis, IN
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The best accomodations/vacation ever!”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

We stayed at St. Regis on Topsail Island, NC the week of July 4th, 2012. It was wonderful. The condo was AMAZING. (Beautiful view, almost everything you need to "live" there for a week...including a dishwasher and washer/dryer IN THE ROOM!)

Staying here was a huge plus compared to other places further down the beach, which really didn't have any beach area at all. (Surf was up to the steps going down to the beach most of the evening/night/early morning!). Further up, however, had more beach area.

Pros: View was awesome, private balcony, very clean and well decorated (modern), roomy, washer/dryer in the room, dishwasher, all dishes, utensils, etc. that you would expect in a condo. Everything was well-maintained and clean inside and on the grounds. The beach was clean and nice, albeit a bit small. The indoor and outdoor pools were nice and clean and well-maintained. The staff was very helpful and nice and seemed to want to make sure we were happy.

Cons: I hate to even mention any cons because overall we were extremely happy with everything. But... to be fair... there were a couple of small cons. The water pressure is literally non-existent a few hours a day. (Like, right when you want to take a shower!) We were in building 3, and there is a fountain outside of the elevators. When the fountain wasn't flowing... don't try to take a shower because there is NO water pressure. I mean not even a drip. We knew this ahead of time from reading other reviews, so we just worked around it. No big deal. The other con is that the beach area is moderate. When the tide comes in late at night there is maybe 10 feet of sand. We heard from a local that this fall/winter there will be some work done on the beach to rebuild what has eroded the past few years.

The other thing I would like to mention is make sure that if you need ANYTHING... linens, towels, sunblock, beach stuff, souvenirs, clothes, some food, general store stuff... go to the Maxway it's very, very reasonable, and there is tons of stuff there! (The Food Lion grocery store next to Maxway is kind of expensive.)

Things to bring/buy: Towels, washcloths, sheets, TP!, paper towels, dishsoap, toiletries, dishwasher nuggets, laundry detergent, seasonings if you plan on cooking. (Salt, pepper, sugar... some rooms have that stuff and some don't.)

Anyway, overall, I would say this is one of the best condos/grounds we have ever stayed at. A few little inconveniences were minimal compared to all of the pro's this place offered. We will definitely stay there again, and we are telling all of our friends about it. I gave it five stars, but would have done 4 1/2 because of the lil cons.

Visited July 2012
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Akron, Ohio
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83 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Perfect Beach Oasis”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

We have been coming to Topsail Island for 12 years, after going to Sunset Beach for 8 years. The island is quiet, and uncrowded during the week, the beaches are clean with beautiful white sand. The island has built up a little over the years, most of the building is on the roads to and from the island. Perfect place for a wonderful beach vacation!

Visited July 2012
2 Thank sridgemom
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Totally run down, depressed area”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

First year resident of NC and after spending 25 years vacationing on the jersey shore (Ocean City, NJ specifically) this beach and town could not compare

Here are my pro's and con's:

Pro's: Ocean water clean with nice bottom. Good waves. Not as many jelly fish as Jersey.

Cons: Hated the beach....Beach was SMALL or virtually gone with high tide up against the dunes, With not enough sand space you were sitting right on top of people. So no space at all to spread out and enjoy your own space. Sand had dirty black tinge to it.

NOTHING to do in town..NOTHING. 1 or 2 restaurants which had horrible food.

No sidewalks or bike paths, making it impossible to walk anywhere outside your resort or residence as you would be literally walking on the roadway.

The homes along the island looked like most of them should be condemned, actually saw a few that were. Others were totally run down and in desperate need of repairs and most of them looked like shacks. No need taking a drive to oooh and ahh at the homes on this island as you would be disappointed at what you see.

Stayed at the St Regis resort (bldg. #3) TOTALLY run down, worn and dirty. Our unit was small and filthy inside. Gnats and flies inside and out of unit. Outdoor pool was adequate although never used it as it was packed all the time. Indoor pool is a joke. It is a small round pool with a home made, make shift dome over it. Quite an eyesore. Work out room also a joke, small with sparse equipment. Couldn't bring ourselves to even TRY the restaurant they had on site just based on the condition of the resort itself we sure were not going to EAT in their restaurant.

Needless to say, won't be back and will try the wilmington beaches next year. Topsail was way beyond a disappointment. We stayed 3 days and paid for 7...that should say it all.

Visited July 2012
5 Thank penelope D
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